Franschhoek is a near neighbour of Stellenbosch and as highly regarded for its defined and refined wines. Cool breezes in the hot summer months moderate growing conditions to produce ripe but balanced red and white wines. Chamonix is now one of Platter’s (“South Africa’s Parker”) regular 5 star award winners.
100% Cabernet Franc.
Grapes come from two plots with soils of calcareous clay and loam, at an altitude of 350 to 400 meters above sea level. The vines of an average age of 17 years. After malolactic fermentation the wine of about 14.5% alcohol matures for 18 months in 228ℓ small French oak barrels.
Now to 2025
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm has a long history, once forming part of the historic Huguenot Estate which dates back to 1688. Now under the expertise of German-born entrepreneur Chris Hellinger, over the past two decades Chamonix has stormed onto the world stage as a well respected winery in its own right. The farm employs a number of sustainable practices, including the use of organic compost and mulch which is ploughed into the soil.
Pair with more delicate red meat cuts – eg rack of lamb – oven roasted with a red currant sauce. Fine partner to the new game season selection, eg roasted partridge and/or quail
In the press
"Chamonix’s Cabernet Franc comes from the upper part of the farm, located between 480 and 550 metres. It’s quite a firm, even serious expression of the grape with some coffee bean oak, but the underlying fruit freshness is very appealing. A wine that will reward some time in bottle. " Tim Atkin MW South Africa 2017 Special Report